Teams make Space Lab semifinals


TAIPEI — A total of three Taiwanese teams made it to the semifinal list of a competition for high school students to design the best science experiment that can be performed in space, according to Google Taiwan.

Held by YouTube, LLC and computer brand Lenovo Group Ltd., the Space Lab contest, which kicked off last October, attracted some 2,000 entries by teenagers from over 80 countries. All projects were submitted through the video-sharing company that was acquired by Google in 2006 for US$1.65 billion.

Taiwan’s three teams were among the 60 teams vying for a chance to have their experiments conducted in space, Google Taiwan said Thursday.

The company added that two global winners will be selected in March — one for the 14-16 age bracket and another for the 17-18 age group.

Among the 60 semifinalists, the United States had 10 entries — the highest number — followed by India with 9, and Poland, Canada and Spain with four. A total of 18 entries came from the Asia Pacific area. Currently, the contest is going through its online voting process, which finishes Jan. 25 at 3:59 p.m. (local time). The final list of six will be announced in late February. The European Space Agency, NASA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Space Adventures Ltd., a space tourism company, are also collaborating on the project.